Clifton Park names John Scavo planning director

A Clifton Park resident will serve as the town's new director of planning. The Clifton Park Town Board voted unanimously Monday, April 7, to appoint John Scavo to fill the vacant position.

The position opened when former planning director Kate Maynard resigned in March.

Maynard, who worked as the town's planning director for more than a year, left to be the director of planning for the Town of Wilton.

Scavo, 43, who lives on Rosewood Drive with his wife and son, said he is looking forward to working with the residents of his town.

No one knows the community more than the people who live in it, Scavo said.

"I am very pleased that the Town Board has appointed John to the director of planning role," said Planning Board Chairman Steve Bulger. "John's strong qualifications and experience were very apparent during the interview process, and I know that myself and the other Planning Board members really look forward to working with him as we move ahead."

Scavo worked for the Laberge Group in Albany, a planning, engineering, architecture and surveying firm that provides consulting services to several clients, where he was a senior economic developer and senior planner.

He said one of his main goals as director of planning is to secure funding for projects.

Scavo said planning for implementation is important and although it is easy to develop a project, funding is necessary to ensure the project will be completed.

He has been integral in securing grant funding for several municipalities, including South Glens Falls, where he secured micro-enterprise business loans for new businesses with five or fewer employees.

Scavo lived in Cohoes, where he was a city planner, before moving to Clifton Park. As city planner, Scavo worked on revamping the city's image so that developers would want to build there, he said.

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